Crystal Palace go in search of a place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon, when they head to Vicarage Road to take on Watford in the quarter final of the FA Cup but they will be without a key defender for the contest, according to their official website.

The Eagles are a couple of wins away from being assured of another season in the Premier League, so they should be able to give their full focus to making it through to the last four of the cup.

Palace have already been on the road and won in this campaign, having seen off League One side Doncaster Rovers in the previous round, and Roy Hodgson will be hoping his men can impress away from Selhurst Park once again.

The Eagles made the final of this competition three years ago, and a win at Vicarage Road will move them to within one victory of a return to the showpiece occasion in May.

Palace will have to achieve that success without central defender Mamadou Sakho, whose absence could be something of a blow given how much of a rock the former Liverpool player in at the heart of the Londoners’ defence.

Roy Hodgson has received some good news for the short trip across the capital though. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and defender Papa Souare have both been passed fit for the tie, and could return to the squad at Vicarage Road.

There are reports surfacing that the Eagles’ talisman Wilfried Zaha has picked up an injury in training and will miss out on the contest, but that has not been confirmed officially.

If Palace are to make it through to a semi-final at Wembley they are going to have to turnaround their fortunes against the Hornets. These two sides have met twice in the Premier League this term, and the Hornets won both matches 2-1.


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